It's hard not to root for Jimmy Smits, especially in a crusading public servant role. Whether as presidential candidate Matt Santos on The West Wing or even the dark Miguel Prado on Dexter, Smits has the ability to craft gritty, multidimensional leaders out of his characters. But his latest project, Outlaw, which hits NBC tonight before moving to its regular Friday night slot, succeeds in breaking that streak. And not much else.
What's wrong with Outlaw, exactly? Unfortunately, this is one of those instances in which naming what's right would be more efficient. (There's only one item on the list: See the aforementioned affections for Jimmy Smits, who sincerely does his best with the material he's given here.) Pretty much everything else about the show is an open and shut case ... for cancellation.
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